How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

I spent almost 15 years working in a retail pharmacy and it broke my heart every time someone told me they couldn't afford their medications  Healthcare is so very important but there are many people that struggle with rising medical bills and are looking for any way they can to save money at the pharmacy.  Medications are not generally cheap but there are a lot of ways that you can cut your pharmacy bills.  If you find yourself spending a fortune for your medicine every month, here are just a few ways that you can start saving a little bit of money! How to Save Money at the Pharmacy 1.  Stick to generics whenever possible.  Brand name medications cost significantly more and do the exact same thing.  Ask your doctor which medications will work for your health problems and which of … [Read more...]

Sponsored:  Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

Sponsored: Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

This post about healthier eating has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. There are a lot of things I think America is really good at however healthier eating really isn't one of them.  We have people who inhale light yogurt full of artificial sweeteners and fake colors and call it healthy.  People join weight loss programs where packaged, processed food is delivered to your door and they think they are getting healthier.  Many Americans consider French Fries to be a vegetable.  I think we need to look to other countries to truly learn what healthier eating really means! When my husband traveled to Thailand for work it took him a while to get used to the fact that they served fish and rice for breakfast.  High protein, low carbohydrate breakfasts are popular in … [Read more...]

Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy

Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy

This post about youth sports has been sponsored by MinuteClinic but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have been involved in  youth sports in some way, shape or form ever since they were about 4 years old.  They did a few seasons of soccer, swam on the neighborhood swim team, play tennis, do gymnastics and are just all around active kids.  There is a certain culture to youth sports.  You have an interesting mix of both children AND adults on these teams and if you don't do a bit of planning and organizing, things do not always go smoothly.  If you want to save money, stay organized and keep your kids healthy while they tackle youth sports this season here are a few tips you might want to consider: Tips for a Successful Youth Sports Season 1.  Stick to one sport … [Read more...]

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

This post about portable protein has been brought to you by Silk and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. We are a very active family and all of us have our own personal workout regimes.  Depending on the day, you will find various family members at the gym, on the tennis courts, running a 10K, or doing gymnastics in the back yard.  Staying active keeps us in good health but it also means appetites soar, especially when the weather is nice.  Good nutrition is important for everyone but athletes need to really make sure they get the right combination of foods to maintain proper health.  Keeping protein intake up is a good way to build muscle health and give us the energy to make it through our next workout.  Of course, I don't want all that protein to come from meat!  … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

I attended a grand opening event at Sprouts Farmers Market and received promotional items to facilitate this healthy eating post but all opinions expressed are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed that I have a weakness for food.  Healthy eating is important to me (with the exception of my fondness for neon orange cheese products occasionally!) but it is not cheap.  I tend to go WAY over budget when doing my weekly grocery shopping because fresh produce can be pricy.  Up until this week I had never visited a Sprouts Farmers Market so when I got invited to attend their grand opening event, I was excited to see what sort of things they offered! Healthy Eating at Sprouts Farmers Market The first thing I learned about Sprouts Farmers Market is … [Read more...]

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

This post about fitting the bare necessities into your tiny purse is brought to you by Poise but all opinions expressed are my own. When my children were babies, I never left home without a diaper bag or backpack.  It was filled to the brim with everything we could possibly need in order to survive the apocalypse.   Honestly, I had enough toys, food, sippy cups and diapers to outfit an entire baby army.  When they got older, I *STILL* packed like we were going to be lost at sea for a month.  Crayons, snacks, changes of clothes, etc all got stuffed into a large purse that looked more like a duffel bag than a fashion statement.  Now, I have teenagers.  I am sick of looking like a hobo when I go out and about.  I do not need to lug around 20 pounds of stuff everywhere I go.  Not to mention … [Read more...]

Lemon Lime Detox Water Recipe for Better Health

Lemon Lime Detox Water Recipe for Better Health

I received product from Alladin through Mom Trends for use in this post but received no compensation for including it here. Water is incredibly good for our bodies, but it does get a little boring after a while. I have been trying to come up with interesting ways to flavor it for better hydration this summer. Did you know that you can add certain things to water that not only add flavor but are beneficial to our health as well?  There has been quite a bit of buzz lately in the health community about detox water and while I'm not sure if it is the miracle cure some people make it out to be, it is certainly tasty and getting more water into our bodies is definitely a good thing! Another perk of detox water (besides the flushing of toxins) is that it is supposed to slim down our … [Read more...]

Conquer Life Without Fear of Light Bladder Leakage with Poise!

Conquer Life Without Fear of Light Bladder Leakage with Poise!

This post about Poise Microliners  and light bladder leakage is a part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. All opinion are my own. #SAMinYourPants Last week, I put the teenagers to bed at night as per our usual routine.  Lots of hollering to get teeth brushed, an amazingly long argument between the two of them over sink time and finally bedtime kisses and lights out.  Yes, I am thrilled that I still get bedtime kisses from my children at their age!  Thirty minutes later, I went upstairs to use the bathroom (as I do about every hour now that I am in my forties!) and I hear my daughter calling to me from her room.  Cracking open the door, I hear her whisper to me "Mom, something is playing my guitar!"  Um, okay?  My daughter isn't usually one to make things up so I turned on the light to … [Read more...]

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

This post about magnesium oil is NOT sponsored in any way, shape, or form.  I am simply sharing information that I have found useful.  Keep in mind that I am NOT a doctor and if you have questions about your health you should visit a physician! Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way.  Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues.  I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional supplements.  Like most humans, I have Googled my health issues extensively.  Everything I have read indicates that magnesium plays a huge role in muscle health.  I take vitamins, shouldn't that be enough?  Well, interestingly enough...magnesium is one of those … [Read more...]

Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv Calcium Chews

Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv Calcium Chews

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received two canisters of Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. As the mother of a tween daughter, I have plenty of things to worry about. Is she doing well in school? How do I make sure we keep the lines of communication open? What's the best way to keep those BOYS away from her? And of course, one of the biggest things I worry about...how do I make sure she stays healthy? I try hard to feed her well and include a wide variety of fresh foods in her diet but I know there are nutritional gaps here and there. Those nutritional gaps can have long reaching effects. Did you know that 86% of teen girls do not get enough calcium in their daily diets? With 95% of peak bone mass … [Read more...]